What happens when women feel open to telling their stories, even when they aren’t professional writers? When writer Julia Nusbaum was a graduate student, the course of her life changed in answer to this question.
This episode features an in-depth exploration of women’s storytelling, from talking about the roots of Julia’s business, Herstry, to the reasons why women still need a space—a brave space—in which to share their stories with each other. We also feature readings from some of the stories that Herstry has published, illuminating the wide range of subjects that women write about when we write about ourselves.
Stories featured in this episode:
- “My Grandmother’s God” by Carly Taylor (read by Jinx Deruisa)
- “Losing Rosebud: The Memoir of a Miscarriage” by Dr. Amy Azano (read by Christine Barrington)
- “The Old Porch” by Dianne Blomberg (read by Mimi Wessling)
- “The Skirt” by Maureen O’Leary (read by Mimi Wessling)
- “Teacher: One Who Loves” by Wendy Kennar (read by Katherine Bell)
- “Great Expectations” by Anonymous (read by Katherine Bell)
- “Heart Mom” by June BlueSpruce (all following read by Suki Wessling)
- “Hospital Gown” by E.A. Midnight
- “The Loneliest Road in America” by Michelle Polizzi
- “Skin in the Game” by Nina Lichtenstein
- Cécile Chaminade: Aubade (Opus 126, no. 2 & Opus 140) from PianoMusicSheWrote.com performed by Erica Sipes